Disclosure: Tim League, founder and CEO of Birth.Movies.Death.’s parent company Alamo Drafthouse, is a co-founder of NEON.
Look, I don't know where you are with all this, but I've been saying for years that I'm all done with the zombie genre. Of course there's the occasional exception - Anna and The Apocalypse, for instance, or the truly inventive One Cut of The Dead - but, by and large, I feel comfortable skipping most zombie stuff these days. I'm glad they're still making zombie movies and zombie TV shows and zombie comic books and whatever other forms of media might support the presence of the undead, but it takes something pretty special to get me interested.
For instance: the sight of Josh Gad taking a bite out of a baby.
This, as you can see, is the newest trailer for Abe Forsythe's Little Monsters, which premiered to very strong reviews earlier this year at both SXSW and the Sundance Film Festival. It made me laugh out loud more than once, a thing I have not always been able to say about movies featuring Josh Gad (credit where credit's due: he seems to be turning in a very funny performance here), and I admire how dark some of these gags are. Furthermore, I'm just delighted to see Nyong'o trying to bullshit her way through the zombie apocalypse with a bunch of precocious children in tow. Hell, I'd watch the dramatic version of that, nevermind a comedy.
Anyway, here's a plot synopsis:
"After a rough breakup, directionless Dave (Alexander England) crashes at his sister’s place and spends his days expanding his young nephew’s questionable vocabulary. When an opportunity arises to chaperone an upcoming school excursion alongside the charming and enigmatic teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o), Dave jumps at the chance to impress her. What he wasn’t anticipating was Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), an obnoxious children’s television personality who shapes the excursion’s activities. What he was expecting even less was a zombie invasion, which unfolds after an experiment at a nearby military base goes awry. Armed only with the resourcefulness of kindergartners, Dave, Miss Caroline and Teddy must work together to keep the monsters at bay and carve a way out with their guts intact."
Little Monsters hits UK theaters on November 15th. No word on a Stateside release date yet, but we'll keep you informed as further updates roll in. Until then: what do y'all think? Into this? Not so much? Sound off in the comments below, and do stay tuned. We're excited for this one.